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    Welcome to our blog where we provide marketing tips to help your law firm grow

    Writing entries that win legal sector awards – tips for law firms and legal tech suppliers

    There is no doubt winning one of the credible legal industry awards can be wonderful for boosting staff morale while also raising your law firm’s reputation.

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    Topics: Lawyers, Awards, LegalTech, Legal Marketing

    Talking tech and the law: How to get your firm noticed by the trade press

    While legal technology developments would once have been dismissed as ‘boring’ by the legal press, it is now starting to gain traction as firms start embracing new technologies. For legal PRs this is a challenging situation: a story that might have been rejected because there wasn’t enough interest is now rejected because there is too much such news!

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    Topics: Technology, Lawyers, Public Relations, LegalTech

    The Lawyer UK200: Getting the best story for your law firm's results

    It’s results season in the legal profession, that time of year when firms make it clear just how well (or not) they have performed over the last twelve months. Across the profession, lawyers will be watching to see how their competitors have fared in comparison with their own firms.

    For many in law firm management, however, headline figures are a part of a broader story that they are wanting to tell. The challenge is how to communicate that story and give an accurate picture of the firm’s wider development without giving away trade secrets.

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    Topics: Lawyers, Legal Marketing, Solicitors, Lawyer UK200

    Dealing with the legal press…tips for law firm PRs

    Dealing with the legal press needn’t be difficult: just have something interesting to say

    It is no exaggeration to say that in my time on The Lawyer news desk I dealt with hundreds of PRs and many thousands of press releases. Filtering the good, the bad and the ugly was a daily chore.  Only the chosen few would succeed in grabbing my attention and, just perhaps, end up being published as a story on TheLawyer.com

    Over the years I developed strong relations with PRs and the firms they represented. Yet there were times that dealing with a press team could be frustrating. 
    Answering 15 calls on the same irrelevant subject in the space of two hours was tedious, my ears would become deaf to it. 

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    Topics: Professional firms, Lawyers, Legal Marketing, Solicitors, Public Relations

    New seminars & webinars for law firms

    PR advisors Kelso Consulting are hosting a series of seminars and webinars for law firms on a range of business development, public relations, social media and thought leadership issues in the first half of 2018. 

    We'd like to invite you do join us at them!

    Particular aimed at law firm owner-CEOs, together with sales and marketing directors, we will be hosting our seminars in London and, for Thames Valley businesses, in Newbury. For those that can't make them, we will also be doing them as webinars.

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    Topics: LinkedIn, Marketing, PR, Public Relations, Sales, Thames Valley, Upcoming Webinars, Lawyers

    Our thought leadership services for lawyers: new brochure

    For law firms looking to add oomph and impact into their thought leadership

    Members of the Kelso team have been working with law firms on thought leadership since before the term was used (20+ years!), so we've seen and solved a fair few problems in our time, many of them recurring ones!

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    Topics: Thought Leadership, Lawyers

    Five ways to get more from your PR agency

    Many law firms have great relationships with their PR agencies and have advisors who they stick with, not just for years but for decades.

    We know from our discussions with numerous law firms that this sadly isn't always the case.  Sometimes there's faults on both sides, sometimes there's faults on one side and sometimes its nobody's fault - one party simply no longer matches the other.

    In the later case, the best thing to do is to have an open discussion and move on. However, in the other circumstances, there's lots that can be done to nip such problems in the bud. 

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    Topics: Legal Marketing, Public Relations, Lawyers

    How to work with a Public Relation agency: Retainer vs Project

    One of the questions I frequently get asked is "which is best, retainer or project when working with a PR agency?"

    Both and neither! It all depends what you want the agency to do.

    So, as Harry Hill used to say on his TV Burp! there's only one way to sort it out... fight!

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    Topics: Legal Marketing, Public Relations, PR, Solicitors, Lawyers

    Lawyers' threatening letters can be published... so deft phrasing needed

    This "must read" legal exchange on the Taylor Swift alt-right ding-dong is most illuminating

    It is very rare that letters from lawyers enter the "must read" category, so it is not lightly that I recommend the retort to Taylor Swift's expensive law firm Venable LLP from the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union).

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    Topics: Lawyers, Crisis, Taylor Swift, Public Relations

    How do I improve my Chambers legal directory rankings?

    Law firms' legal directory questions answered by former Chambers editor

    As Christmas edges closer, many businesses will be winding down hoping for a merry end to the year. By contrast for many in law firms this is instead a stressful period as the deadline for legal directory submissions looms.

    Some firms have mastered the process of legal submissions.  Their forms are filled out like clockwork, quickly and efficiently keeping their rankings, and nudging them up wherever possible. But for other law firms, it is a complex process where huge effort and angst is spent... often to little 

    benefit.

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    Topics: Legal Directories, Lawyers, Legal Marketing, Legal 500, Chambers

    Measuring marketing ROI - assessing the return on law firm marketing spend

    Gauging marketing's Return on Investment is fundamental for law firm growth and management

    Many of the law firms we meet struggle to know whether the amount of time and money they spend on marketing is producing an effective return.

    It is a common problem, but it needn't be this way.

    By contrast, many B2B businesses have good metrics and a clear idea of the effectiveness or otherwise of their marketing spend.

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    Topics: Lawyers, Legal Marketing, Marketing, Marketing ROI, ROI, Growth

    Doomed law firm mergers: 2 drowning men don't equal one swimmer

    Law firm mergers - making them work

    Over the years I've observed many mergers at law and other professional firms.

    Some have been stunningly successful, some have been failures and many somewhere in between.

    Clearly they were all intended to be huge successes, but something went wrong for many.  What was it?

    Well, I'm not an M&A expert but my observation is that those that went wrong had two things in common.

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    Topics: Lawyers, Strategy, Mergers

    Legal Marketing Summit: measuring the ROI on thought leadership

    In a few weeks time I'll be on a panel at the Law Firm Marketing Summit, discussing how to measure the return of investment for Thought Leadership activities.

    It sounds an esoteric subject and immediately begs some specific questions like:"What is Thought Leadership?"; "What resources are being invested and how do I cost such inputs as non-billable time?"; and "What actually is the return I am looking for and how will I know when I achieve it?".

    It's easy to start over-complicating things, so the key question lawyers and their marketing teams involved in Thought Leadership projects should be asking are:

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    Topics: ROI, Thought Leadership, Lawyers, Legal Marketing

    LION taming tips for lawyers on LinkedIn

    While Twitter and Facebook encourage strangers to become connected, LinkedIn is all about relationships. However almost daily I am contacted by strangers who are merrily ignoring the rules set down by LinkedIn that state you should only connect with people you know.

    The strength in LinkedIn for lawyers is the relationships between people who connect with one another. It allows for recommendations and referrals that simply cannot happen between complete strangers.

    In the LinkedIn jungle such predatory stranger invites from the so-called ‘LIONS’, or LinkedIn Open Networkers, who chase numbers rather than relationships. Others simply do not know any better and of course LinkedIn makes it hypocritically easy to connect with strangers too.

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    Topics: Sales, Lawyers, Social Media, LinkedIn

    Why best lawyers should never use the default invitation on LinkedIn

    Making the right impression when you want to build rapport with someone is vital, not least in business. Ever heard the saying: ‘you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression’?

    Yet on the social media channel that means business LinkedIn the majority of introductions are abrupt and use the standard ‘I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn’. This undermines a potential relationship from the outset.

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    Topics: Sales, Lawyers, Social Media

    Image is everything for lawyers on LinkedIn

    If you have ever been on Twitter you will have spotted those anonymous eggs that denote profiles that have not added a photograph and often flags a complete novice or worse a spam account. On Facebook the silhouette makes you suspicious and on LinkedIn, where it really matters, no photo means no business!

    When I see the anonymous head and shoulders silhouette on LinkedIn it usually means it is a profile that lacks any attention and however professional the person is, you cannot help but make a judgement about a lack of attention to detail.

    Picking the right photograph is important too! On Facebook a recent profile photo has me skydiving somewhere

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    Topics: Sales, Lawyers, Social Media

    Thought leadership success tips for lawyers - recent article in Professional Marketing Magazine

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    Ensuring your thought leadership campaign has success "built in" from the start

    Our recent article in Professional Marketing magazine covers nine common signs that a law firm's thought leadership campaign is doomed to fail from its early stages.  It is based on our experience of delivering dozens of such campaigns (including picking up three awards along the way).

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    Topics: Thought Leadership, Lawyers, Content Marketing

    Why lawyers should not promote their ‘company website’ on LinkedIn

    Do you have your ‘Company Website’ displayed on LinkedIn, literally? The default setting for the link with your contact info is to your company web address and at first glance this makes sense.

    In fact the Contact Info button – just below your number of connections on LinkedIn, is where your connections can easily discover your email, Skype address and telephone number. Other information includes being able to list up to three web addresses, include your ‘Company Website’

    It means nothing and no one searches for ‘Company Website’on LinkedIn any more than they do the web’s most popular hyperlink text of ‘click here’ on Google –which means nothing either! To be fair it does mean your company web address, but in an ideal world you would have more attractive language linking to your web collateral.

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    Topics: Sales, Lawyers, Social Media

    Lawyers need not apply on LinkedIn

    What does your headline say on LinkedIn? If it simple declares you to be a ‘Lawyer’, ‘Owner’ or ‘Managing Director’ then you are missing a major trick on LinkedIn; you should be using this to promote the difference you can make to clients!

    Your headline is the text that appears immediately beneath your name and is a key part to getting you found on LinkedIn and driving people to engage. Equally it is your chance to appear dull and uninteresting – so get it right and use best practice for your headline on LinkedIn.

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    Topics: Sales, Lawyers, Social Media

    What can Netflix can teach lawyers about networking?

    Did you binge over Christmas? No, we don’t mean third helpings of turkey or a bloat of mince pies (it should be the collective noun!). Did you gorge yourself on Netflix? Have you seen House of Cards? Or did you finally see Breaking Bad? How about Orange is the New Black?

    With over three million users in the UK subscribing to Netflix for unfettered access to so many TV series and movies there is a good chance you have spent some time over the Christmas break streaming.

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    Topics: Sales, Growth, Networking, Lawyers
     

     

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